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It is my understanding that one of the central purposes of the new top bar was to unite the sites so that there is a feeling of staying within the same master site (Stack Exchange) as you browse the different sites.

Something that I think would help with this experience would be to keep the top bar logged in even when you are on sites that you have not set up an account for. I think this new feature should not automatically create you an account on that site, but should use some sort of general Stack Exchange network account to keep the top bar features active. This way I can still see my notifications and my top sites even when I'm on a site that I don't have an account on.

How does this sound? Is this doable?

EDIT - Maybe a "join this site" link where the rep and badges are normally to indicate that you don't have an account on the site you're currently viewing?

join this site link

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WANT! WANT! WANT NOW! –  Canadian Luke Dec 10 '13 at 16:42
This would be very useful while I'm hopping around the "Hot Questions" list. –  Geobits Dec 10 '13 at 17:07
+1 for join this stack, the text is just perfect! As well, it makes a perfect sense. And while they are there, the "you've just been logged in" popup seems to be unnecessary, automatic refreshing of the top bar should be enough. –  yo' Dec 10 '13 at 17:34
As for only reloading the top bar, see the comments here, including "there's tons and tons page content that changes when you log in [...] Changing the whole page content unobtrusively is just close to impossible (think: deleted answers suddenly appearing, the links under the post changing, comment controls changing, vote arrows changing, etc.)", @tohecz. –  Arjan Dec 10 '13 at 18:10
A great and a nice idea! :) +1 –  Junior Sync Dec 10 '13 at 18:25
"join this stack" isn't going to happen. We don't call our sites "stacks" and you shouldn't either. :) "join this site" could work, though. (cc @tohecz) –  Anna Lear Dec 10 '13 at 18:58
@AnnaLear Another user has pointed this out to me. I chose "stack" for lack of ambiguity in this case. –  called2voyage Dec 10 '13 at 19:00
@AnnaLear I guess I understand that argument about "stacks" :) –  yo' Dec 10 '13 at 19:12
@Arjan got it, thanks. –  yo' Dec 10 '13 at 19:13

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